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A Ransomware Epidemic And An Overdue National Health IT Safety Center

Dean Sittig and Hardeep Singh | Health Affairs Blog | July 29, 2016

A rapid increase in computerization of health care organizations (HCOs) around the world has raised their profile as lucrative targets for cyber-criminals. Recently there has been a spate of high-profile ransomware attacks involving hospitals’ electronic health record (EHR) data.Briefly, ransomware attacks commonly start when a user is conned into clicking an internet link or opening a malicious email attachment. Malware, or software that is intended to damage or disable the computer, is then downloaded and rapidly encrypts data on that computer and attempts to reach out to other computers on the same network to encrypt data on those computers as well; consequently, all encrypted data is inaccessible...

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5 Best Open Source Web Browser Security Apps

Carla Schroder | SmallBusinessComputing.com | November 17, 2014

The Web browser acts as the gateway for myriad online services these days. Computer security problems are far from solved, and technology advances provide new ways for malware to infect our devices and enter our business networks...

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81% Of Healthcare Organizations Have Been Compromised By Cyber-Attacks In Past 2 Years: KPMG Survey

Press Release | KPMG | August 26, 2015

Eighty-one percent of health care executives say that their organizations have been compromised by at least one malware, botnet, or other cyber-attack during the past two years, and only half feel that they are adequately prepared in preventing attacks, according to the 2015 KPMG Healthcare Cybersecurity Survey. 

After Stuxnet: The New Rules Of Cyberwar

Robert L. Mitchell | Computerworld | November 5, 2012

Critical infrastructure providers face off against a rising tide of increasingly sophisticated and potentially destructive attacks emanating from hacktivists, spies and militarized malware. Read More »

China Isn’t Wrong To Call The U.S. "The Real Hacking Empire"

Lily Kuo | Nextgov | May 9, 2013

The cyberwar between China and the US has spread from computers into the halls of diplomacy. In a report this week, the Pentagon said for the first time that the Chinese government and military have been launching cyber attacks against the US. Today, Chinese state media called the US “the real hacking empire” and said the country has “an extensive espionage network.” Read More »

Computer Virus At Heart Of Kaiser Data Breach

Erin McCann | Government HealthIT | April 7, 2014

Some 5,100 patients treated at Kaiser Permanente were sent HIPAA breach notification letters Friday after a KP research computer was found to have been infected with malicious software. Officials say the computer was infected with the malware for more than two and a half years before being discovered Feb. 12.

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Computer Viruses Are "Rampant" On Medical Devices In Hospitals

David Talbot | MIT Technology Review | October 17, 2012

A meeting of government officials reveals that medical equipment is becoming riddled with malware. Read More »

Cybercriminals Hold German Hospitals to Ransom

Charlie Osborne | ZDNet | February 29, 2016

A number of hospitals in Germany have fallen prey to ransomware, disrupting core healthcare services and internal systems. According to German publication Deutsche Welle, several German hospitals, including the Lukas Hospital in Neuss and the Klinikum Arnsberg hospital in North Rhine-Westphalia have become victims of ransomware...

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Cybersecurity—A Serious Patient Care Concern

Mark P. Jarrett | The JAMA Network | October 10, 2017

The world of paper medical records has almost disappeared, ushering in a new era of electronically stored, analyzed, and shared medical information that offers exciting opportunities for improved patient care. However, this major shift in information management has introduced unintended and unfavorable consequences, such as theft of patient-protected health information, wide-scale sequestering of medical records by ransomware (malicious software—malware—that permanently blocks the access to records unless a ransom is paid), and the ability for hackers to directly harm patients...

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Download Hosts Withdrawing

Simon Phipps | Computerworld | June 21, 2013

Fewer and fewer services offer open source projects the ability to host downloads of their binaries. Should we be worried? Read More »

FDA: Software Failures Responsible for 24% Of All Medical Device Recalls

Paul Roberts | threatpost.com | June 20, 2012

Software failures were behind 24 percent of all the medical device recalls in 2011, according to data from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which said it is gearing up its labs to spend more time analyzing the quality and security of software-based medical instruments and equipment. Read More »

Forget The Sony Hack, This Could Be The Biggest Cyber Attack Of 2015

Patrick Tucker | Defense One | December 19, 2014

...[A]ccording to cyber-security professionals, the Sony hack may be a prelude to a cyber attack on United States infrastructure that could occur in 2015, as a result of a very different, self-inflicted document dump from the Department of Homeland Security in July...

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Hack Strikes Feds In Drupal.org Community

Aliya Sternstein | Nextgov | May 31, 2013

Federal website managers registered on Drupal.org or Drupal Groups, the developer and community sites for the eponymous open source content management system, might have had their accounts compromised. Read More »

Hackers Are Coming for Your Healthcare Records -- Here’s Why

Lucas Mearian | Computer World | June 30, 2016

Data stolen from a bank quickly becomes useless once the breach is discovered and passcodes are changed. But data from the healthcare industry, which includes both personal identities and medical histories, can live a lifetime. Cyberattacks will cost hospitals more than $305 billion over the next five years and one in 13 patients will have their data compromised by a hack, according to industry consultancy Accenture. And a study by the Brookings Institution predicts that one in four data breaches this year will hit the healthcare industry...

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Hackers Conceal Spyware In Industrial Software Firm's Site To Probe Visitors

Staff Writer | Nextgov.com | September 2, 2014

Unlike most so-called drive-by attacks on websites, which infect visitors’ computers with malware, a strike on a software provider’s website involved a tool that takes detailed notes about visitors’ machines, Computerworld reports...

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